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    I thought Iíd never sell the old girl, but I have to say lately Iím tempted. I became a father this summer and my free time has gone down to almost nothing. Iíve put less than a thousand miles on my bike this summer!!! The times I do get out, Iím in danger of loosing my license. Iíve never been into stunting or anything like that, but I used to race and love hit nice roads at a good clip. Iím no Aaron Yates, but you donít have to be to loose your license, especially around here. I managed to get out last night and I would have gotten nailed if I hadnít been stuck behind a line of cars. Iím thinking of selling the TL and picking up this wrecked SV that a buddy of mine is selling and just doing track days and maybe a little bit of racing again. Mostly just track days as my budget wonít allow for much in the way of racing. Iím thinking if Iím only going to get out a few times a summer, Iíd rather have it be on the track where I donít have to worry about losing my license or having my insurance go through the roof. I can get a great deal on this SV and get most parts at cost, so Iíd be able to put it together fairly reasonably. I know some of you will say itís stupid, or just to keep the TL for the track. I live about an hour from Loudon and have ridden there on everything from an FZR 400 to a GSXR 750. Itís not a big bike track. If I lived just outside Road Atlanta, or Road America then maybe Iíd just use the TL. My best lap time ever at Loudon was on an F3, second quickest was on an SV. The SV is by far the most fun track bike Iíve ever been on. I should also point out that being a new dad and on a budget means there is no way I could keep the TL and buy the SV. That would be the perfect solution, butÖÖ..
    I miss being on the track more than I think Iíll miss the street, which is basically what the decision comes down to. I just love the TL and I know Iíll regret selling her.
    Itís a tough choice! Maybe I just need to start robbing banks J

  • #2
    You are a dad now so given up the TL may be a good idea!
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    • #3
      Dad smad .... I have enough love for both my babies

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      • #4
        Im with PAPPACLART.

        Safer to rida a cage.

        I have lost two friends this year in motorcycle accidents.
        The later one a good friend.

        Go Cage and ride the shit out of that SV on the track!
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        • #5
          Sorry to hear it dude but there are no track days at Road Atlanta... Only the Kevin (Rip Off) Schwantz School. www.roadatlanta.com or 1 day if you join NESBA.. Still too pricey for me. I would like to see what Barber offers in another year or so.. Great Pic with the baby!!
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          • #6
            Go with the SV.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by dsly1
              Dad smad .... I have enough love for both my babies



              LOL Brilliant!!!!

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              • #8
                SV rocks. gixxer shock in the rear (resprung) and springs/emulators up front. bam, great twisties/track machine.
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                • #9
                  ryno, I'm with you on that. Do what you have to do. I gave up the street as well due to the danger and loss of a buddy at the beginning of spring. I also lost me license last year and from that point on I never rode the street the same. Running from the cops sucks and puts you at a huge risk. Stick with the track, it's a little pricey but you can't put a price on safety. Good luck in whatever you do
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                  • #10
                    As a single guy with no kids (I think),I gotta say, giving the street up for the time/money/future of your kids and family is the smart decision.
                    And then some track days and racing to get your fix where, yes, you could still be injured, but the % is drastically lower. I was so much faster on my F3 as well, and am still trying to play catch up with the TL. The $ to make the TL a equivilent track day or racer is prolly better spent on a SV or even a 4 year old 600 (no soul though). Perhaps keep the TL and get a $3000 or so SV. You don't really need a title for a track bike.
                    Personally, once I started racing and track days, the urge to go fast on the street dwindled. It is harder to really go balls out compaired to track time.
                    You gotta do what seems right for you (and that now means all of your clan).
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                    • #11
                      It would seem that would be the smart choice. An SV is still a very fun little machine to tool around on and tear up the track days.

                      As far as no track days at Road Atlanta, it's not too far a driver to Jennings aka North Florida Motorsports Park. They are nothing but track days on a bike only course.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dsly1
                        Dad smad .... I have enough love for both my babies

                        ROFL... that's a classic...

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